I find myself smitten with this series, when episode two ended today, I wanted more. I love this modern take on relationship in Thai lakorns compared to the ‘rag to riches/ Cinderella meets her prince charming, they do the slap and kiss dance, and they get married at the end’ plot line. It has nothing to do with that, this is life and relationships.
Hey, I hate proofreading, enjoy the grammar errors. Ha.
First episode, I enjoyed minus Ken Phupoom. Oh good lord that young man, he needs some more acting lessons pronto! Improve young man so I can enjoy this series more. ’3 Num Neua Thong’ aired last night or my morning (US time) and I find myself gravitating towards the Arunsri (Kimberley Woltemas) and Kritchai Pongphukin (Mark Prin) pairing. They are two individuals who want the same thing– true love, a secure love. They are meant to be together but she has a boyfriend.
The boyfriend is such a loser, trying to wine and dine rich people but barely makes enough to cover his monthly expenses. Take for example, they went out to eat at Korean style barbecue place for dinner, he ate all the main dish and made her eat only kimchi. AND he made her pay the bill. LOSER! Moocher! Lets dump him and move on to Kritchai. He’s totally in love with you.
Kritchai has been in love with Arunsri for the past year that she has been working for him as his special relations publicist for his company the ‘M’ Group. I believe it’s some sort of automotive company that has been around for about a century and he is the 3 generation heir.
For him, it was love at first sight as he secretly watched her pick up his fallen drawings in the small pool at his company. She was up for an interview (I think) and saw papers flying her way. Some landed in the small pool, she took off her shoes and got them. He was very touched by her actions and during her interview, he phoned his assistant Benli to ask her:’can you ask her, what was the reason why you went in to get the paper in the water.’
Her answer with a bright smile: ‘I thought it was a waste ka, the drawings were very beautiful. The person who drew them put much effort in them. Though I don’t know the owner, I think that person would not want it to be damage. I merely took in their consideration of doing something useful and doing it well.’
He loved that answer.
Kritchai’s cousin Lampao played by ‘Toey’ Jarinporn Junkiat is downright hilarious, she has 3 dogs and treats them like her kids. How she introduced Kritchai to her dogs when he moved in with her, classic! He was like what the hell?
Oh good gravy, I have some concerns already–’Ken’ Phupoom Pongpanu, his expressions, his dialogue delivery kinda hard to watch. He is struggling and this is just the teaser. Oh my. At least he is not the main character, he is part of the ensemble of main characters.
The teaser gives you a glimpse of their relationships and misunderstandings. The pairing of Mark Prin and Kimberley Anne Woltemas has a misunderstanding about sexual orientation, she thinks Mark is gay.
Kim or Arunsri sees Mark or Kritchai in awkward situations with his friends. His friend Watchara falls on him, Ken holds onto his arm like a lover. She suspects he might be gay. In the teaser, she does confront him about it by saying, ‘we have come to this point, I don’t want to get slap.’ He looks at her dumbfounded, like wha? ‘Getting slap?’
‘You people love intensely and are intensively jealous,’ she continued to tell him by reaffirming the gay stereotype of gay men being overly passionate about love.
This is definitely not the case said her friend Fai played by newcomer Marie at lunch. He is not gay, he likes you, she tells her. ‘The way he looks at you, I can confidently tell you he likes you.’
In another clip, his assistant screams out: ‘Khun Krit is not GAY!’
With Watchara played by Boy Pakorn, his girlfriend wants to get marry. She is not asking for a ‘no’ or ‘yes’ answer, she is demanding it. ”This is not a question, or a negotiation, you have to marry me within this year, ‘ she angrily tells him in the teaser where he is sitting on the couch.
Toey and Ken are the bickering pair. At one point she tells him, ’I will make a self-absorbed guy like you bow down to my feet.’
I have never seen the original from 1998. Most likely, I will never watch it because of the poor quality uploaded on youtube or maybe it’s too old and I can’t get into it.
The lakorn is “Saam Num Neua Thong (3 Golden Men)”, a modern take on love of 3 amigos with different personalities who happen to be best friends.
First we have Teetat, originally portrayed by Thanakorn Posayanon, he is a playboy who owns a construction company. He loves life, partying, and his freedom. He lives with his girlfriend and they have an open relationship. Eventually he will fall for the cheerful Lamphao, a veterinarian and the cousin to one of his best friend Kritchai. In the 2011 remake, newcomer Ken Phupoom will be playing Teetat and “Toey” Jarinporn Junkiat is Lamphao. They are the lakorn’s bickering pair. Teetat once insulted Lamphao, saying he will never eye her as a love interest, which really ticked her off and they have been arguing ever since.
Secondly we have Watchara, the honest police officer. Watchara has been in relationship for years, but has doubts. His girlfriend wants to get marry, but he has been stalling it. He eventually finds true love with the unselfish Fai, originally played by Kem Rujira. ‘Pip’ Ravit Terdwong was the original Watchara. In the new version, Boy Pakorn is, and his nang’ek Fai will be played by newcomer Marie. Sorry, I couldn’t find out her last name.
Lastly we have Kritchai and Arunsri, they work for the same company. Kritchai is a good guy, unlike his friend Teetat, he is not a playboy or lively. He is sincere with his feelings and secretly has a crush on Arunsri, but she has a boyfriend and is very faithful to him. Her boyfriend however is absolutely horrible, he has a gambling addiction and has always been unfaithful to her. When he dies, she begins to look at Kritchai in a different way, a man who is always on her side, ready to help her in every way possible. The new Kritchai and Arunsri is Kimberley Anne Woltemas and Mark Prin, the originals were Pok Piyatida and Jakkrit Amarat.
Kritchai, Watchara, and Teetat are good friends.
Lampao is Kritchai’s cousin.
Kritchai works with Arunsri.
Fai is Arunsri’s best friend.
Last year, Ananda Everingham caused a stir when he professed his love for his long time girl, Saengthong ‘Jeed’ Ket-U-Tong up on stage as he accepted his award for the Best Actor category for the film “Happy Birthday”. Then they broke up a year later. So stupid. This year, the spotlight is on Ploy Chermarn, who attended the event wearing a pair of 14.24 carat diamond earrings, a watch with 669 diamond grains with a weight of 5.7 carat, which comes at a total value of 10 million baht (est $308,600 USD). Geez, she better have a bodyguard.
Winners for the 19th Annual Supanahong Awards (Also known as the Thai Oscar):
1. Best Visual Effects- The Scout
2. Best Make Up- Cheun (Slice)
3. Best Costume Design- October Sonata (Ruk Tee Ror Koi, “Love that Waits”)
4. Best Art Direction- Phonek Sanghakhun for A Moment in June
5. Best Original Score- Cheun (Slice)
6. Best Original song- “Ja Dai Mai Leum Gan (To Forget Each Other)” By Nim Seefa for the film “Best of Times”
7. Best Recording and Sound Mixing- Nang Mai (Nymph)
8. Best Film Editing- Nang Mai (Nymph)
9. Best Cinematography- Chayakit Chamnipong for Nang Mai (Nymph)
10. Best Screenplay- Somkiat Vituranich for October Sonata (Ruk Tee Ror Koi, “Love that Waits”)
11. Best Supporting Actress-Sunsanee Wattananukul for “Best of Times”
12. Best Supporting Actor- “BOY” Pisanu Nimsakul for October Sonata (Ruk Tee Ror Koi, “Love that Waits”)
13. Best Actress- Cris Horwang for “A Bangkok Traffic Love Story”
14. Best Actor- Paramej Noiam for “Samchuk”
15. Best Director- Kongkiat Khomsiri for Cheun (Slice)
16. Best Picture- October Sonata (Ruk Tee Ror Koi, “Love that Waits”) of “NGR”